The Fairfield Library recently received a $49,621 grant from the Tocker Foundation to support the modernization project currently underway. Funds will be used to purchase new furniture and shelving. The grant, written by Tammy Gawryszewski, requested updates to the children’s area, furnishings for a modernized community room, and a new computer lab.
With this generous donation from the Tocker Foundation, the Fairfield library will be able to receive the face-lift and upgrades needed to create a flourishing space for our community, just as it was years ago. The Fairfield Library has been working directly with Michael Taylor of Library Interiors of Texas out of Austin in order to transform their vision into reality.
The newly renovated Children’s Area will contain colorful furniture and shelving for children. Sections of the furniture will contain cutouts with padded seating. Two wooden activity tables with themed tops for Legos and trains will also fill the space. A children's computer station will house the newly purchased Chrome All-In-One computers donated by the Fairfield Rotary Club.
Serving as a multipurpose room, the newly updated Community Room will contain “flip and nest” tables which can easily be reconfigured for special programming. This room will also feature a 65 inch TV for presentations and movie time.
By increasing the current computer stations from 10 to 16 desktops and adding a 65 inch TV, the library will be able to provide community technology programming for all ages. The new modern style desks and adjustable office chairs will serve to provide a more comfortable work surface for patrons.
The new teen area, complete with two Chrome All-In-One computers (one of these purchased by Rotary), a collaborative workspace/XBox station, and many new Young Adult books, will be a great addition for younger patrons.
With the help of eRate funding, tremendous technology upgrades have begun, including increased internet bandwidth from 6MB to 75MB. New flooring, lighting, and updated restrooms will also be renovated in this project scheduled to be completed later this summer. The Fairfield Library will host a grand opening for the public to get acquainted with all the updates and changes.
The library currently has many free books available to the public and much of the furniture that is being replaced is also available for purchase. A list of these items can be found on the library’s website and social media accounts. Fairfield Library will share renovation updates and special announcements regarding programming on Facebook and Instagram pages. Please Like and Follow the FairfieldTxLibrary on Facebook and Instagram or by visiting www.fairfieldtxlibrary.org. The Fairfield Library Association Board and library director, Gary Wiggins, are very excited about this project.
The Tocker Foundation was established in 1964 to implement the philanthropic interests of Phillip and Olive Tocker. Phillip Tocker was a practicing attorney, but changed careers in his later years by purchasing the Waco outdoor advertising plant. The family business was destroyed in the 1953 Waco tornado, however the family rebuilt and the business survived. Phillip Tocker’s vocational career culminated to the position of President of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. After retiring, Phillip and Olive Tocker actively pursued their avocations. The Tocker’s endowed the Foundation with their estates in 1994 and 1993 respectively.
In 1992 the Foundation board decided to focus grant distributions to small rural libraries serving a population of 12,000 or less. The direction is to assist libraries in making services more accessible to individuals who by reason of distance, residence, handicap, age, literacy level or other disadvantage are unable to receive the benefits of public library services. Grants are distributed to assist libraries serve as community centers, information resources and provide literacy and bilingual programs. The Foundation partners with community libraries to meet the particular needs of the community.
The Foundation board members are Mrs. Barbara Tocker (Chair), Mr. Terry Tocker, Mr. Darryl Tocker (Executive Director), Mrs. Donna Tocker, Mrs. Beth Fox, and Mrs. Pat Tuohy. Grant applications are evaluated by a permanent committee of the Texas Library Association. Over the past years the board members have seen inroads made towards library automation, digitization of historical documents and computer access. Grants have been extended for outreach and “shut-in” programs, enhancement of services, adult reading classes, after school projects, bilingual material and many other projects initiated by the community public library. tocker.org
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